One of the reasons I chose the name Probably at the Library is that, to me, it gives a feeling of wanting to learn. A library is a place of empowering yourself with limitless knowledge. Since my early thirties, I have been interested in learning more about clean beauty. When my mom was diagnosed with cancer, I became hyper-aware of what ingredients were going in and on my body. It was while I was making a change to clean beauty that I realized you don’t need to sacrifice results with more natural ingredients. In fact, my skin is happier than it has ever been.
One day on Instagram, I stumbled across an account named @thebeauty_library. How cool to find someone curating a clean beauty shop with “library” in their name! Katie has been so much fun to get to know. I love chatting about beauty products with her. Plus, her recommendations are always spot on! Since many of you following are avid readers, I asked Katie what her favorite book is. She didn’t even hesitate -Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.
Ok, let’s get to know the owner of The Beauty Library a little better..
1. When did you make the switch to clean beauty?
I first became aware of the ingredients I used when I went vegan in 2014. I felt the results of eating clean and wanted to extend that to my skincare as well. I have been using safe, non-toxic products ever since.
2. Why do you feel it’s important to use more natural products?
Your skin immediately absorbs whatever you put on it, including toxins. Conventional cosmetics and skincare can include truly unsettling ingredients. Formaldehyde, coal tar, artificial colorants and heavy metals are just a few toxins common in the industry. Places like The Beauty Library are important because we take a pledge to never carry products that contain carcinogens or hormone disruptors; we only carry products that are safe for human use.
P.S. Have you heard that a woman will eat 4-9 pounds of lipstick in a lifetime? Better get an organic one!!
3. What does your skincare routine look like?
At night, I start out by cleansing with oil to break apart the sunscreen and makeup I was wearing that day. Next, I’ll do a quick cleanse with my hands to get the oil and makeup off my face. Lastly, I go in a second time with cleanser and my Clarisonic Brush to give my pores a deep clean.
After cleansing, I spray a toner on my face, neck, and chest. I love the way it feels, but it also makes the next step, serum, easier to spread. After serum, I apply a moisturizer. I try to apply my skincare at least an hour before bed so the products have time to absorb.
4. Top three product recommendations for someone switching over to cleaner products
Don’t make me choose! Haha. Ok life or death situation: Paul Penders’ Love in the Layers Shampoo, Soapwalla’s Concentrated Repair Balm, and Inika’s Long Lash Mascara.
The Paul Penders Love in the Layers Shampoo is unlike anything I’ve ever used. In the past, shampoos have made my hair feel silky or look shiny, but that was because of temporary silicones that were coating the hair. The Love in the Layers Shampoo actually seems to turn back time and restore the hair strands. (It’s currently out of stock on our website because of factory shut downs due to Coronavirus.)
If Moisturizer and Serum had a baby, it would feel like the Concentrated Repair Balm from Soapwalla. It is loaded with organic oils and extracts and is also Made Safe Certified! The certification guarantees the product poses no threat to human or environmental health.
Finally, the Inika Long Lash Mascara in Brown. It has an extremely dense brush head to coat and separate each lash. It’s made with organic ingredients and has the perfect not too dry/not too wet formula.
5. Why did you decide to start your shop?
I started The Beauty Library to give people a place to shop for clean, vegan cosmetics and skincare. Clean beauty shops already exist, but I wanted to create one that only carried vegan products. Now consumers can feel comfortable knowing every product on the website is safe for them and animals.
6. What qualifications does a product have to meet for you to sell it?
First and foremost, the product must be both vegan and cruelty-free. To ensure the product is cruelty-free, I look for certification; if it doesn’t have that, I email the company asking for further details. The company must not test on animals during any point of production, work with suppliers or a third party who tests on animals, or sell to a country that requires animal testing.
I use the EWG (Environmental Working Group) and Made Safe websites to set the standard for ingredients allowed. The products on The Beauty Library do not contain any ingredient that is a known:
- Behavioral toxin
- Developmental toxin
- Endocrine disruptor
- Heavy Metal
- Reproductive toxin
I then bullet each ingredient to make for easier vetting.
I hope this helped you get to know another small business owner a little better. I love being able to support shops like this one! Everything shown was purchased with my own money -and I will only ever share things that I truly love. Katie has graciously offered a coupon code for new customers. You can use code SAVE15 to get 15% off your purchase. Thank you, Katie!
Do you use clean beauty products? Have you been wanting to but haven’t know where to start? It can feel a bit overwhelming at first. Feel free to send a dm to The Beauty Library and she would love to help you out!
Since I truly believe that healthy skin comes from the inside first, here are a few books that I own and would recommend. They have great recipes and some fascinating information on taking care of your skin.
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